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Warner Names Chief of Staff

Anita Kumar

Mark R. Warner (D) announced today that he hired Capitol Hill veteran Luke Albee to serve as his chief of staff in January after he is sworn in as Virginia's junior senator.

Albee has been a Senate aide for two decades, including 11 as chief of staff to Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, chairman of the Judiciary Committee and one of the Senate's most senior members.

"I am pleased to have someone with Luke Albee's experience working with us in the Senate," Warner said in a statement. "Luke has earned respect from both sides of the aisle, and he's widely known for his ability to bring people together to create common-sense solutions."

Albee, 48, left the Hill in 2005 to join the political consulting firm Ricchetti, Inc.

"Governor Warner is well known for his bipartisan approach and his leadership skills," Albee said. "He is absolutely determined to be a great Senator for the people of Virginia, and I look forward to working with Senator-elect Warner to help make this happen."

Albee won widespread praise for stopping mail deliveries to Leahy's office in the fall of 2001 before anthrax attacks shut down Senate buildings for weeks.

By Anita Kumar  |  November 17, 2008; 1:16 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Mark Warner  
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